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Pine Cone Bird Feeders

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Make your own pine cone bird feeder at home. These adorable bird feeders only take a few minutes to make, and they will provide much-needed food for wild birds. 

We strategically hung our birdfeeders near our DIY birdhouses so that the nesting birds could easily find food. 

Pine cone bird feeders with red and white checked ribbon bows hanging in a tree

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

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How to Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders 

Natural food sources are more scarce for wildlife during the winter months; therefore, I like to hang up extra bird feeders.

Making bird feeders using pine cones from my yard is fun and budget-friendly.



Pine Cone Peanut Bird Feeder Supplies 

You probably have all the supplies for making pine cone bird feeders on hand.

Supplies for making pine cone bird seed feeder on a craft table (bird seed, peanut butter, pine cones, twine, scissors, and ribbon)

DIY Birdfeeder supplies


  • Pine cones (gathered or purchased)
  • Peanut butter 
  • Popsicle stick or butter knife
  • Twine
  • Paper plates
  • Birdseed
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • I recommend you watch my how-to video before you begin

If you are like me and have pine trees in your yard, you can gather pine cones from your yard. 

I inspect my pinecones, and if they have caked-on solid, rinse them, then allow them to dry in the sun. 

The perfectly formed pinecones I save for crafting, such as DIY pine cone trees

First Step: Attaching the String 

I recommend attaching your hanger string or twine before adding the peanut butter. 

You can attach the hanger string to either end of the pine cone. 

Since I wanted all my bird feeders to be the same length, I cut my string longer than I needed it so that I could trim them to the same size. 

I cut my hanger string (twine) 12 inches long.

Next, I wrapped the twine around the pinecone two times.


Pine cone with twine string wrapped around the pine cone on a craft table

Pine cone with twine

Then, I knoted the ends and trimmed the extra twine.

Knotting the hanger string that is attached to pine cone

Knotting the hanger string

seven pine cones with the hanger strings attached sitting on a table

Pine cones with hanger strings

Second Step: Apply Peanut Butter 

I started applying the peanut butter at the top of the pinecone then I worked my way up. I do not spread the peanut butter above the area where I attached the hanger string so that my hands stay clean and the hanger string is free of peanut butter.

The leftover peanut butter will be used to make buckeye balls for my human helpers. 

Note: You can use lard instead of peanut butter if you have a peanut butter allergy.

applying the peanut butter using a plastic knife over a paper plate

Apply peanut butter

Step Three: Birdseed

Holding the hanger string at the top of the pine cone, I kept the pinecone angled over a paper plate. Then, I sprinkled on the birdseed while turning the pine cone. The wild bird seed mix I used had large bits and sunflower seeds.

Sprinkling bird seeds over the pine cone covered in peanut butter over a paper plate

Sprinkle on bird seeds


In a second paper plate, I placed a thin layer of birdseed to roll the pinecone over the seed to apply extra seeds.

👀Please be sure to share the video with your friends in the hope everyone will join us this winter in our effort to feed our feathered friends. 

Holding a Pine cone covered with birdseed over a paper plate

DIY Bird Feeder

I used my hands to press sunflower seeds into the peanut butter. 

Handmade pine cone bird seed and peanut butter feeder with a red and white check ribbon bow sitting on parchment paper

Homemade bird treats

I tied red and white check ribbon bows over the twine knots to add a festive vibe to my birdfeeders. Then placed the finished pinecones on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. 

Step Four: Hang the Pine Cone Bird Treats

Now I am ready to hang the pine cone treats.



Homemade pinecone and dried orange slice bird feeds on pan ready to hang on a tree in the backyard

Backyard pinecone bird feeders ready to hang

I place the top of the twine hanger over the tree branches to hang the pinecones. 

pinecone Bird Seed feeder hanging in a tree

Decorate your trees for your feathered friends

I hope our backyard birds enjoy their new treats. 


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Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Good tips! In addition to the black and white screen, you can choose any color in Custom Screen to optimize your on-screen experience.


Wednesday 28th of December 2022

I love this! I used to make these as a child and can't wait to do it again! Thank you for this great idea and inspiration!

Libbie Burling

Monday 19th of December 2022

Love this! Pinned for the week between Christmas and New Year's as it's the perfect craft for that slow time!!


Thursday 7th of July 2022

Love the video. I’m going to make one . Tq

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

I just love this project! This is a must with my 4 year old grand son for the weekend!

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